Objective: To investigate the longitudinal relationship between work stress and problematic drinking in the Canadian working population using data from the National Population Health Survey.
Methods: Participants (n=4,326) were classified by work stress based on the Job Content Questionnaire. Problematic drinking was defined in three ways: 5+ drinks on one occasion at least once per month during the past 12 months, 10+ drinks/week for women and 15+ drinks/week for men, and a proxy of the AUDIT-C.
Results: Men with high work stress at baseline were at lower risk of problematic drinking, regardless of the way in which work stress or problematic drinking were defined. Problematic drinking was not consistently associated with work stress among women.
Conclusions: Among men, high work stress was associated with a decreased risk of problematic drinking. Future research is necessary to further clarify the relationship between work stress and problematic drinking among working Canadians.